Danger! The Sky is Falling!

Over here in magical mystical Ireland, we are so lucky that we don't have to wake up every day to this nonsense on the news, perhaps even before we get our morning coffee.

What on Earth are regular US citizens meant to do with this information? According to the Dept. of Homeland Security: 'All Americans should continue to be vigilant, take notice of their surroundings, and report suspicious items or activities to local authorities immediately.' How very Orwellian it all seems. Be a good citizen: spy on your neighbours.

I remember reading about suspicious folks transporting blocks of cheese with wires attached as a dry run for the C4 explosives. 'Hmm,' I thought,'I guess there are some nefarious plans afoot.' I was right, well sort of. The FBI later admitted that they had made up the bogus reports to increase awareness.

So if I'm reading this correctly, the terror alert is to scare you into paranoia and your irrational distrust of others is further agitated by (mostly) unretracted false stories about terror plots.

What if Paul Revere had gone up and down from Boston to Lexington every day for a year shouting about the British? Who would believe him when they really arrived? And what if there were no Redcoats? What if the Redcoats were supposed to be everywhere and nowhere–your neighbours and friends? I'm losing clarity with the analogy now but you see the idea.

And I suspect Jose Padilla's 'trial' will bring the US one step closer to Oceania. No evidence of a crime or the means, only motivation: a crime of the mind. Pre-emptive imprisonment like pre-emptive war becomes the next control mechanism.

False news, thought crimes, eternal war, a fictional Enemy of the People…are these guys just using 1984 as a how-to manual?

In conclusion: 'War is peace.' – Slogan from Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

'I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.' – President George W. Bush – June 18, 2002